Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Nov 2006 22:56 UTC
Novell and Ximian "Often cast as the peacemaker in free software disputes, Bruce Perens is on the warpath. When we caught up with him, he wasn't in a mood to be charitable to Novell. On Friday the Utah company, which markets the SuSE Linux distribution, revealed that it was entering into a partnership with Microsoft. Redmond would pay Novell an undisclosed sum in return for Novell recognizing Microsoft's intellectual property claims. Novell received a 'Covenant' promising that it wouldn't be sued by Microsoft."It's a case of 'Damn the people who write the software'", he told us. "Novell is in a desperate position - it has a smaller share of the market than Debian,"" he told The Register. Update: Novell responds to community's questions: here, here and here. Update 2: Havoc Pennington's take.
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NotParker
Member since:
2006-06-01

There is no resource available for Windows that gives people access to 20,000 free applications all via the one common searchable interface, and all guaranteed to contain no malware.

Who cares if you have access to 5,123 eMacs clones, or 5,254 desktop managers?

DOwnload.com or Tucows.com have more than 20,000 applications each.

You know, free software isn't new. In the early days of the web you had to go to Strouds to keep up with all the new apps. Thats was something like 1992/1993.

OSS; The cult that thinks it invented "freedom".

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hal2k1 Member since:
2005-11-11

//Who cares if you have access to 5,123 eMacs clones, or 5,254 desktop managers?//

Faulty generalization.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faulty_generalization

//DOwnload.com or Tucows.com have more than 20,000 applications each. //

Does not address the comment to which you are responding, to whit: "There is no resource available for Windows that gives people access to 20,000 free applications all via the one common searchable interface, and all guaranteed to contain no malware."

Neither DOwnload.com nor Tucows.com have those attributes.

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DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

Actually they do have a single searchable interface (one for each site), and one of them (TuCows) does guarantee no malware.

I just went to Tucows.com and searched their system for 'text editors' (something Linux is oft-criticized for having too many of) for Windows and got 2,010 hits (333 freeware, 12 Open Source). As for malware-free: http://www.tucows.com/about

Download.com also had an easy-to-find search system that returned 644 text editors (only 169 are actually free vs free to try, though); and C|Net/Download.com makes no guarantee about the accuracy of the description or the product...


These are obviously not the same as a package manager- I get a list of links to file download pages that link me to .exe files; I don't get a description and then the software downloaded and installed with all dependencies managed. Also, some of this software is not guaranteed, and not all of these programs are genuine freeware; a lot are shareware.

Edited 2006-11-08 04:17

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